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New playground at Largo Central Park will open to public Saturday


City park's new playground opens Saturday

The new playground at Largo Central Park will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The free event will feature live music, an acorn hunt, prizes, activities for children ages 2 to 12 and a guest appearance by Captain Play, a Largo parks mascot. The new playground features various play structures, two 15-foot-tall nets, a two-story tower, a merry-go-round, rock walls and a shade structure. Largo Central Railroad will give free miniature train rides through the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call (727) 586-7415.


Molester in jail for violating probation

A man convicted of molesting a child in 2002 was arrested Wednesday for his second probation violation in the past six months, officials said. Haywood E. Wilson Jr., 51, of 12500 U.S. 19 N, No. 114, was being held without bail Thursday in the Pinellas County Jail. Officials said Wilson was away from his tracking device. "When you have GPS monitoring, you have an ankle monitor you have to wear, but you also have a tracking device you have to carry, and if you don't carry it, we don't know where you are," said Florida Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger. In his most recent violation, Wilson was away from the device on two occasions — for about 10 minutes on April 6 and for an hour on April 18, she said. In 2002, Wilson was a transient sleeping on a couple's couch in a Largo mobile home park when he sexually molested one of two preteen girls sleeping in the same room. He was convicted of lewd or lascivious molestation, sentenced to nine years in prison and was designated a sexual predator. After his release in July, he was arrested for the first probation violation in November and ordered back to prison, where he spent six weeks before being released in February.

Safety Harbor

Here's how to vote for new arts center

Help the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center become a reality with a mouse click or a text message. Artists Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda are trying to win a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to create a teaching and performing center for artists, musicians and writers. Supporters can cast up to three votes each day in May. There are several ways to vote: You can "like" their Facebook page at Click on the link to the Pepsi site and vote. You must allow a Facebook app to do so. Or you can text a vote on your cell phone to 73774 with this code in the message: 106350. Or you can visit and sign up for an account. Once you're confirmed, sign in and type "Safety Harbor" into the search bar. The project will come up. Then cast a vote.


Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing will be performed at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Countryside High School, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater. A different address appeared in Thursday's Things To Do column.

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